—–as Customs deactivates terminal from portal over unpaid debts.
Trouble is brewing at the Five-Star Logistics terminal between the freight forwarders and the terminal operators over the inability of importers and their agents to exit their vehicles that are trapped at the terminal.
It was gathered that the Tin Can Island Command of the Nigeria Customs Service has deactivated the terminal from its portal since July 6th, 2022 over unpaid assessment charges to the customs which are said to have accumulated to millions of naira.
Our reporter learnt that due to this blockage of the terminal from accessing the customs portal, Customs Licensed Agents whose vehicles and cargo have already been released could not exit their consignment due to this problem.
However, the leadership of the Association of Nigerian Licensed Customs Agents (ANLCA) has sent a strong warning to the terminal operators of its intention to engage them in a legal battle if they fail to resolve their problem with the customs between now and next week Tuesday, July 19th, 2022 so that their members could take delivery of their trapped cargos.
In a terse message sent to all the ANLCA members to calm their frayed nerves, Kayode Farinto, the Acting President of ANLCA said the association is monitoring the situation for appropriate action.
He however warned that if by next week Tuesday, July 19th, 2022, the issue is not resolved, the association will drag the terminal to court for redress against breach of contract
Farinto also reminded the terminal operators that they should be ready to take full responsibility for the crisis and not make any attempt to charge demurrage during the blockage.
He however asked the clearing agents whose cargo are trapped in the terminal not to fret but keep all the receipts of the payments they made for necessary remedial action
“It has been brought to the notice of NECON that our members are unable to exit the already release vehicles and cargoes from the five Star Logistics due to the fact that the terminal operator has been deactivated from the Customs portal as a result of unpaid assessment running into millions of naira.
“We wish to inform our members that, ANLCA is on top of this issue and we are saddened about the development.
“However, we shall be giving the terminal operator between now and next week Tuesday(July 19th, 2022) to resolve their issue with Nigeria Customs.
” If not, ANLCA will take them to court for breach of agreement and failure to deliver these cargoes to the importers’ representatives.
“So also, Five-Star Logistics should know that she will be responsible for all demurrages and storages that may accrue within this period from the 6th of July to date.
“Finally, we urge our members to be calm and law-abiding and I want to advise that we keep the receipts of all payments during this period.”, Farinto stated.
However, the Public Relations Officer of Tin Can Customs, Uche Ejisieme, promised to get back when contacted for his reaction.